The first photos of the campaign bus…

It’s yellow, it might just ever so subtly mention the Liberal Democrat Stronger Economy, Fairer Society, Opportunity for Everyone slogan, and those designs from the graphic designers representing our five key manifesto priorities are actually very pretty. And inside there are yellow seats (on reflection probably more orange than yellow), and, I’m told, yellow ambient lighting.

Here is Chipping Barnet candidate Marisha Ray and friends about to board (reproduced from Facebook with her permission).

Lib Dem battle bus maiden voyage

Update: Here’s a picture of the inside, too, with Alex Feakes and his daughter Matilda, who was the youngest person on the bus. 

Alex Feakes and Matilda on battlebus

The bus’s maiden voyage took it from London to Oxford West and Abingdon where Layla Moran hopes to gain the seat from the Conservatives. Here she is introducing Nick:

And is this the back of Abingdon Councillor and Deputy Federal Executive chair Neil Fawcett’s head?

The campaign in OXWAB is clearly going well – with the 300th Layla Moran stake board going up before the short campaign even starts.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Good to see the name Lib Dem proudly displayed.

    In many constituencies the name of the party has been left off campaign leaflets.

  • Eddie Sammon 29th Mar '15 - 2:57pm

    Vote Lib Dem or the SNP will win the balance of power. It’s the best fear tactic south of the border. 😀

  • Simon Foster 29th Mar '15 - 8:10pm

    Caron – I can confirm a vital piece of information from this article:

    It is indeed the back of Cllr Neil Fawcett’s head 😉

    Best wishes,


  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 29th Mar '15 - 8:50pm

    Simon, thanks for that:-).

  • It’s not a bus.

    It’s a coach.

  • Paul In Wokingham 29th Mar '15 - 9:50pm
  • Someone has stolen the windows. Careless. Why does it have “Stranger Economy” written on the side?

  • Jane Ann Liston 30th Mar '15 - 10:08am

    Impressed by the 300th Stakeboard. Could anybody in OW & A advise how to stop these being stolen? For the past 10 years our stakeboards and Corex garden posters have regularly disappeared (we have our suspicions as to which party’s supporters are responsible), including from within gardens, usually a night or so before polling-day when it’s too late to replace them. I have seen someone hammer nails through the stakes, so that anybody grabbing it gets a handful of sharp points. How about stinging-nettles round the edges of the Corex diamonds?

  • Jane Ann Liston 30th Mar '15 - 12:40pm

    Oh, and judging by the photo, if I were to stand in front of the bus in full election campaign gear, I will camouflage beautifully and disappear.

  • Liberal Neil 30th Mar '15 - 5:48pm

    Simon is correct that that is me in the photo 🙂

    Jane – No – we haven’t worked out ho to stop them being nicked. We spend as much time repairing and replacing the ones we’ve already put up as we do putting new ones up once the first wave is up.

    The good news is that now that the first 300 have gone up we are getting lots more requests for more 🙂

  • No mention in the week of his 70th birthday of Eric Clapton, famous the world over for LAYLA.

    A media opportunity missed perhaps?

  • Richard Fagence 2nd Apr '15 - 4:09pm

    The theft of any stakeboard from a private garden area must be reported to the police and a Crime Report Number obtained. Most forces do this over the telephone and you do not have to attend a police station. Removing a stakeboard is Theft, damaging or otherwise breaking a stakeboard is Criminal Damage and damaging a stakeboard after entering a private garden is Trespass. All three are criminal acts and your police cannot refuse to take notice. Having reported it, call back after a day or so, give your crime report number (CRN) and ask for the name and shoulder number of the officer in the case (OIC). You are entitled to all this information.

    My credentials? Police Enquiry Centre Officer (PECO), Thames Valley Police, 2001 -2011. Now retired!

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